We rate this statement as Mostly False.

“The city that I was mayor of was 50 percent Latino, and I won with 90 percent of the vote [...]”

Lou Barletta
Interview
Jun. 07, 2018

Hazleton wasn’t half-Latino when Lou Barletta was re-elected mayor. He said it was.

He’s known for his stance on a controversial crackdown on illegal immigration.

A screengrab from Republican Congressman Lou Barletta's June 7 interview with Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney.

A screengrab from Republican Congressman Lou Barletta's June 7 interview with Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney.

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Full Statement

“The city that I was mayor of was 50 percent Latino, and I won with 90 percent of the vote, and I was standing up for legal immigrants. Legal — keyword — legal immigrants.”

Our Analysis

In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney on June 7, Republican Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate from Pennsylvania Lou Barletta claimed that he won re-election as mayor of Hazleton, a city in northeastern Pa. with a large Latino population, while also serving as the driving force behind a heavily scrutinized crackdown on undocumented immigrants there.

“The city that I was mayor of was 50 percent Latino, and I won with 90 percent of the vote, and I was standing up for legal immigrants. Legal — keyword — legal immigrants,” Barletta asserted.

Barletta was on the program to discuss, among other things, a federal court’s ruling against the Trump administration’s plan to penalize Philadelphia for its sanctuary city policy by docking its federal funding. Barletta, a Trump supporter, has been an outspoken critic of U.S. immigration policy, sanctuary cities and the Democratic Party’s approach to dealing with millions of immigrants who entered the country illegally. This includes the approach of his Democratic opponent for the U.S. Senate seat, longtime incumbent Bob Casey.

But is Barletta’s claim that he won re-election by a landslide in a majority Latino city in the midst of a high-profile crackdown on undocumented immigrants accurate?